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Mystery as Prince Andrew’s £15million Sunninghill Park mansion STILL stands empty 7 years after murky sale to Kazakh oligarch

MYSTERY surrounds Prince Andrew’s former Sunninghill Park estate as the half-completed mansion remains empty years after it was sold to a Kazakh oligarch.

The sale of the Duke of York’s Berkshire stack raised questions after it was sold to billionaire Timur Kulibayev in 2007 for £3million over the asking price.

The Duke and Duchess of York's home is now owned by Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

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The Duke and Duchess of York’s home is now owned by Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of former Kazakh President Nursultan NazarbayevPhoto credit: Kelvin Bruce
The former royal estate is still a construction site seven years after it was demolished

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The former royal estate is still a construction site seven years after it was demolished
The house is surrounded by temporary wooden fences and pallets fill the driveway

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The house is surrounded by temporary wooden fences and pallets fill the driveway

Prince Andrew’s grotesque mansion was leveled in 2015, eight years after it was sold, to allow work to begin on a new ‘modern’ mansion.

But despite ongoing construction over the past seven years, the home appears far from complete, as steel beams are still being erected on the property by a handful of workers.

The muddy site is surrounded by a makeshift wooden fence, with a merchant entrance leading to bags of rubble and pallets—worlds away from a lavish mansion proposed in the blueprints.

And most recently, it was reported that the rebuild was finally complete – but a visit to The Sun Online’s website revealed it was far from complete.

The Duke of York sold Sunninghill Park, his six-bedroom former love nest and Sarah Ferguson, to billionaire oligarch Timur Kulibayev, son-in-law of Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev, for £15million in 2007.

And that despite the fact that the property was on the market for £12million.

The deal raised eyebrows because of Andrew’s close ties to the Kazakh regime, when Nazarbayev’s government headed a brutal totalitarian state that oversaw torture.

It is known that Andrew was friends with the dictator and even went goose hunting with him.

The Duke has always claimed the sale was a “simple commercial transaction,” while Kulibayev insisted the inflated price was due to a bidding war over the property.

After the murky sale of the royal estate – which had been a gift from the Queen – the estate sat idle for another eight years before finally being bulldozed and rebuilt.

But it seems little progress has been made since then.

A neighbor told the Sun Online: “I don’t know who is there. It has not been sold recently. It is still in the development phase.

“We’ve only been here for two and a half years and it’s been like this all along.”

Planning permission has been granted for a “modern interpretation of a country house” with six en-suite bedrooms, a gym, steam room, treatment room and games room.

But while aerial photos show a solid structure, the home appears a far cry from the stunning residence suggested in the extravagant plans.

‘TESCO VILLA’

The sprawling 12-bed mansion was built for Prince Andrew and his new wife, Sarah Ferguson, in 1986 as a wedding gift from the Queen to their favorite son.

No expense was spared in outfitting the royal gaff with marble surfaces, polished pine wood and a musical toilet paper holder that sang the tune “God Save the Queen”.

A spiral staircase leads from the balcony to the swimming pool and tennis court, while the couple’s initials ‘A & S’ are embossed on towels and loo roll.

Due to its vulgar appearance, the mansion was nicknamed “SouthYork” after it resembled the home of oil baron JR Ewing in the 1980s television series Dallas – Southfork.

Others even compare the garish mansion to a Tesco supermarket.

Despite divorcing in 1996, Prince Andrew and Fergie raised daughters Beatrice and Eugene in the home of marriage until the Queen Mother’s death in 2002.

Andrew switched to nearby Royal Lodge and the uninhabited Sunninghill Park was put on the market for a whopping £12million.

Prince Andrew and Goga Ashkenazi at their 30th birthday party

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Prince Andrew and Goga Ashkenazi at their 30th birthday partyCredit: Rex Features
The sale of Sunninghill to Kulibayev was believed to have been facilitated by Timur's son's mother, billionaire socialite Goga Ashkenazi

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The sale of Sunninghill to Kulibayev was believed to have been facilitated by Timur’s son’s mother, billionaire socialite Goga AshkenaziCredit: Alamy

But the property had been unsold for five years and was left to rot with a bat-infested roof, an abandoned garden and a moss-covered pool and tennis court.

However, the £15m sale to Kulibayev in 2007 was not a quick fix for the mansion and it sat vacant for a further eight years before finally being demolished.

The land has not been inhabited for the past 15 years, and the oligarch chose not to live on the estate while work continues.

The property was also registered to a corporation based in the secret tax haven of the British Virgin Islands.

The billionaire is married to the daughter of former Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev and has held senior positions in several state-owned industrial companies.

He has also been on the board of directors of Russian gas giant Gazprom since 2011.

The sale of Sunninghill to Kulibayev was believed to have been facilitated by their mutual friend and the mother of Timur’s son, billionaire Goga Ashkenazi.

The glamorous, English-educated Kazakh socialite and businesswoman reportedly charmed the Duke from the moment they met at a 2001 New Year’s Eve party in Phuket, Thailand.

Andrew was said to be “besotted” with then-20-year-old Goga – but she has always insisted they were just friends.

Goga has been one of Andrew’s staunchest allies in recent years and insisted there was nothing improper in the Sunninghill sale.

And the embattled Duke continues to face questions over his finances after being forced to pay £12million to sex abuse victim Virginia Giuffre.

He denies all allegations that he had sex with her after she was brought to him by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

But the disgraced duke was now pushed out of public royal life.

And in the meantime, Andrew faces calls to offer his help to the FBI in their ongoing investigation into the perverted couple’s human trafficking plot.

Timur Kulibayev declined to comment further on the current condition of the property when approached by the Sun.

The Duke of York's tacky 12-bed mansion has been demolished to make way for a new modern country home for the Kazakh oligarch

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The Duke of York’s tacky 12-bed mansion has been demolished to make way for a new modern country home for the Kazakh oligarchCredit: Rex Features
Demolition underway at Sunninghill Park in 2015

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Demolition underway at Sunninghill Park in 2015Photo credit: Rex

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